Protest updates: Woman charged in arson of Wendy's; Trump vows order to protect targeted statues; FBI says no hate crime in NASCAR
Mourners arrive at Atlanta's historic Ebenezer Baptist Church for a public viewing of Rayshard Brooks, a Black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer came amid growing calls for an end to racial injustice (June 22) AP Domestic
President Donald Trump was in Arizona on Tuesday for his second political rally in four days. Before leaving Washington, D.C., he The Daily Briefing.
Associate of Rayshard Brooks arrested arson of Wendy's in Atlanta
The Fulton County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 29-year-old woman in connection with an arson fire at the Atlanta restaurant where Rayshard Brooks was killed by police, and the suspect reportedly knew Brooks before his death.
In Twitter posts Tuesday, a sheriff’s spokesperson said deputies had “just apprehended Wendy’s arson suspect Natalie White,” and that she was “in custody at the Fulton County Jail.”
White’s attorney, Drew Findling, told CNN his client was associated with Brooks, but declined to elaborate. Findling said White did not start the June 13 fire.
Brooks was knew what he was doing because he had been trained on the dangers of positional asphyxia.
According to the Associated Press, Arradondo’s comments Tuesday may have been the first in which he used the term, "murder," to describe the incident.
Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 while he was handcuffed and face-down on pavement, with Officer Derek Chauvin pressing a knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes. The homicide, captured on video, set off nationwide protests over police abuses — especially against African Americans.
In an email to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Arradondo issued a statement Monday: “Mr. George Floyd’s tragic death was not due to a lack of training…The officers knew what was happening – one intentionally caused it and the others failed to prevent it. This was murder…"
Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder; three other officers face charges of aiding and abetting.
-- AP and Dennis Wagner
Tucson mayor decries video of person killed in police custody
The mayor of Tucson, Arizona, canceled a City Council meeting and expressed outrage Tuesday after being shown video of a civilian death in police custody.
In a written statement quoted by the Arizona Daily Star, Mayor Regina Romero said she was “anguished and deeply troubled” by the incident, which was so disturbing it would be improper to carry on business as usual.
Tucson police are expected to hold a press briefing Wednesday on the incident, which had not previously been disclosed; Romero declined to identify the victim out of respect for the family’s wishes.
The internal investigation comes amid nationwide protests over police brutality and misconduct, especially against minorities. Romero vowed to impose reforms.
-- AP and Dennis Wagner
Louisville police chief fires officer in Breonna Taylor death
A Louisville Metro Police officer involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor officially push for severe prison sentences if they topple or vandalize monuments, and they will face “serious force” if they try to establish an autonomous zone near the White House.
Trump's comments and tweets responded to a failed effort Monday by demonstrators to take down a statue of Andrew Jackson, and thwarted attempts to create an encampment dubbed “BHAZ,” for Black House Autonomous Zone.
In a tweet, Trump vowed “there will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, D.C... If they try they will be met with serious force!”
Trump said that he plans to issue an executive order to protect statues and other historical monuments from destruction by “hoodlums” and “anarchists.” Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn before departing for Arizona that the order would include "long-term jail sentences."
The Veterans Memorial Preservation Act, a federal law passed in 2003, already makes it a crime to destroy or attempt to destroy a plaque, monument or statue "commemorating the service" of anyone who served in the armed forces. The law carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.
Trump’s remarks came a day after protesters tried to tear down a statue of former President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park just across the street from the White House. Jackson's legacy includes the Indian Removal Act of 1830 that ripped Native Americans from their lands and led to thousands of deaths. He opposed the abolitionist movement.
– Michael Collins and Courtney Subramanian
MLK daughter at Brooks' funeral: 'We cannot stop our cry for justice'
Family and friends gathered Tuesday to remember Rayshard Brooks in a private funeral service, one day after hundreds of mourners passed through Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church to pay tribute in a public viewing.
The daughter of Martin Luther King Jr. denounced structural racism and urged Americans to redouble efforts for justice for Brooks, who was killed June 12 by police in Atlanta.
“If we miss this moment, we will find ourselves returning again and again to a pathway of chaos and self-destruction,” said the Rev. Bernice King. “…We cannot stop our cry for justice and our fight for freedom.”
King was among numerous speakers eulogizing Brooks, the father of four, who died hours after celebrating his daughter’s eighth birthday. The shooting came amid a nationwide uprising over police abuses triggered by the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.
The Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, senior pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church and a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, eulogized Brooks. Gospel singers Smokie Norful, Tamela Mann and Kurt Carr performed at the Atlanta burial. A jumbotron aired the funeral from outside the bell tower and a livestream was offered online for those around the country who wished to view the service.
Brooks, who was killed when fleeing from police the night of his daughter's eighth birthday celebration, was remembered by loved ones as a "girl dad," being a father of three young girls and one stepson.
-- Lorenzo Reyes and David Heath